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Our Inclusive Excellence Vision Statement

At Lesley, we aim to develop as an institution whose continual pursuit of excellence is shaped and informed by a commitment to diversity throughout all levels and functions of the university. We aspire to create an inclusive community that affirms the identities of every individual and affords them dignity and respect, regardless of difference. As we work to fully bring this vision to life, we are committed to continually investing in and building our diversity infrastructure over time.

Our community is reflective of many perspectives and life experiences. Diversity in our community refers to social identities such as race, socio-economic status, ethnicity, indigenous background, immigration status, nationality, gender identity/expression, language, ability/disability, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, veteran status or membership in uniformed services, political views, age and physical appearance.

We aim to be a diverse community of students, faculty, staff and alumni that engage with one another across differences in meaningful conversation and use differences to strengthen, build and embolden a Lesley community of engaged global citizens.

We are committed to working inside and outside of the classroom to support this vision. We will create educational programs and experiences that recognize, value and engage with diverse perspectives that make up our community and the world around us. 

Our aim is not only to make us a stronger community of learners, teachers and professionals, but also to enable our students to become highly effective leaders and professionals in their careers and their communities. 

A Framework for Change 

We live out our vision through an Inclusive Excellence Framework (PDF) that underpins our work across the university. In applying this framework, we have identified five dimensions, within which we work to enhance the state of diversity, inclusion and equity:

  • Infrastructure
  • Access & Equity
  • Campus Climate and Inclusion
  • Curriculum & Learning 
  • Diversity in Research & Scholarship

These five dimensions represent baseline institutional priorities for our campus and community, and guide not only our strategic action, but also our assessment and accountability measures.

Through a collective process, the President’s Committee for Inclusive Excellence (PCIE) has developed a vision for Lesley University, which serves as a guide for what our university can become over time. This Vision Statement was also made possible by data and assessments of our campus community, and by our community members who over recent years have contributed energy and passion toward ensuring that voices are heard and that untold stories are shared.

The Move Toward an Institutional Diversity Office

As we strive to become a more inclusive university, these are some of our priorities along with areas of active, ongoing investment. 
  • Spring 2018
    • Identification and re-prioritization of key activities in Spring 2018 for the President’s Committee for Inclusive Excellence (PCIE)
    • Establishment of six Working Groups for the President’s Committee for Inclusive Excellence (PCIE)
    • Implementation of the Employee Inclusion Campus Climate Survey 
    • Initial launch of the Bias Education & Response Team (BERT)
    • Announcement of new Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Fall 2019
    • Search initiated for new Equal Opportunity & Title IX Coordinator
    • Appointment of new Chief Diversity Office
  • Fall 2017
    • Establishment of President’s Committee for Inclusive Excellence
    • Identification of priority strategic action items for academic year 2017-2018 by President’s Committee for Inclusive Excellence
    • Implementation of social justice education course content and facilitation in all first-year experience conference courses
    • Planning & development of Employee Inclusion Climate Survey for Spring 2018
    • Planning & development of institutional Bias Response Program
  • Summer 2017
    • Creation of High Impact Diversity Initiatives Proposal by Academic Leadership Team
    • Adoption of Inclusive Excellence framework to guide institutional diversity efforts
    • Creation of Anti-Oppression Library Guide and The History Makers database
    • Implementation of Cultural Literacy Curriculum Institute Identification of consultants/trainers to assist with development of social justice education curriculum for first-year experience conference courses
    • Identification of consultants to assist with core faculty recruitment strategy
  • Spring 2017
    • Revision of student course evaluation process to include items on inclusive course content and pedagogy
    • Diversity and social justice themed Faculty Development Day sessions in January and May
    • Implementation of Student Inclusion Climate Survey
    • Creation of Diversity Committee for College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Fall 2016
    • Adoption of Diane Goodman Cultural Competencies for curricular integration
    • Implementation of university-wide Introductory Diversity Workshop for faculty and staff
    • Diversity and social justice themed Faculty Development Day in September
  • Summer 2016
    • Creation of Office of Multicultural Affairs & Student Inclusion, including a director
    • Creation and hiring of an assistant director position for Urban Scholars Initiative


Many offices across the university contribute to this work.


These documents provide additional insight into how we're making Lesley a more inclusive community.
Contact Us
Contact the members of the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice Office.